Health officials confirm norovirus outbreak in Las Vegas area

Nevada health officials are reporting a norovirus outbreak in the Las Vegas area.

The Southern Nevada Health District says it has received increased reports of gastrointestinal illness in the community and confirmed norovirus as the cause.

A district official says an investigation began March 28 when roughly 200 out of 1,200 attendees at a business conference at Planet Hollywood started getting sick.

The district was also notified of clusters of illness throughout the community in both private gatherings as well as long-term care facilities. The district says the additional reports came from throughout the Las Vegas valley area and were not confined to a specific location.

Since individual gastrointestinal illnesses including norovirus cases are not reportable to the health district, officials say they don’t track specific numbers of cases.

The health district says it continues to investigate the reports and stresses the importance of practicing appropriate hygiene to limit the spread of norovirus and other types of gastrointestinal illness.

People who are sick should stay home from work or school until at least three days after their symptoms have ended.

In addition, people who are sick or who are recovering from a gastrointestinal infection, including norovirus, should not prepare food or care for others until three days after they have recovered.

More information from the Southern Nevada Health District here.

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